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Funding Sources for Research Fellowships:

If you would like to apply for a research fellowship to be held at Warwick, please contact us in plenty of time about the application.

There are several competitive Fellowship schemes to support talented researchers (some restricted to people who do not currently have a permanent UK position) for periods of 1-5 years. These are offered for example by the EPSRC, the Royal Society and by the EU/ERC. All provide a full salary plus support for travel, computing, etc; some, as described below, offer funding for a research team. The person who wishes to hold the Fellowship applies via a nominated host institution (which need not be their current home institution, and some schemes actively encourage or even demand mobility).

Warwick Statistics encourages prospective applicants to either contact a relevant member of the academic staff or email the Deputy Head for Research (see contact on this webpage) providing brief details of the planned application and your CV. We need to know well in advance for administrative reasons, but we can also offer help in deciding which scheme is right for you and navigating through the financial and eligibility regulations etc.

Royal Society URFs (University Research Fellowships) (5 years funding) for researchers at the early / mid-stage career (3-8 years post-doc experience) who do not hold a permanent post or an early career fellowship in a university or a non-profit organisation. Holders of postdoctoral fellowships, such as Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellows, are eligible, as are Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows, who meet the other eligibility criteria. Mobility is encouraged, but not compulsory. The Scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities and has an annual submission deadline in early September.

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships (2 years funding) Limited to 8 years maximum postdoctoral experience. Mobility in terms of crossing a national boundary is essential: Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline. Contact a member of staff to sponsor and work with you on your application. The annual submission deadline is early September.

ERC Grants: EU European Research Council (ERC). Up to 5 years of funding for excellent researchers at various career stages. The schemes are open to researchers of any nationalities.

  • ERC Starting Grants: 2-7 years experience after PhD. Funding to establish your own research group, including PhD students and postdocs. Minimum time commitment: 50% of your working time. Annual deadlines in January.
  • ERC Consolidator Grants: 7-12 years experience after PhD. Funding a major programme of research to consolidate your independence. Minimum time commitment: 50% of your working time. Annual deadlines in March.
  • ERC Advanced Grants: Funding for leading researchers with a track record of major research achievements in the last 10 years to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk/high-reward projects. Minimum time commitment: 30% of your working time. Annual deadlines in April.

EPSRC fellowships: Postdoctoral; Open and Open Plus. Projects can focus on discovery science, innovation, instrumentation/technique development or software engineering, or a combination of these. Applications can be across any topic in the EPSRC Mathematical Sciences portfolio. Funding is available for up to three years of support for post-doctoral awards, and up to five years of support for open awards.. There are no strict deadlines for applications, but fellowship applications in the Mathematical Sciences are only being considered for funding twice a year. Anyone wishing to apply to hold a Fellowship at Warwick (and who believes they might be eligible) should contact us. Currently effective deadlines are July (to reach the November panel) and February (to reach the June panel).

MRC Fellowships: The Medical Research Council offers fellowships to support key transition points in a research career within its remit. Please refer to their website for application deadlines.

BBSRC Fellowships:, for researchers at the life sciences interface: Discovery Fellowships (3 years) for researchers with a maximum of 5 years of active postdoctoral research. Please check the website for application deadlines.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships: A joint scheme by the new umbrella organisation of all UK Research Councils, providing long-term funding for exceptional early career researchers who wish to join the department from academia or industry. Please be aware that there is an internal sifting process involved, thus if you consider this option, it is vital that you contact the department at the earliest opportunity. For details and the next deadline please check the website.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: 3 years funding for those with a UK degree (PhD at least submitted, but not more than 4 years postdoctoral experience), and/or a temporary academic position in the UK, and no permanent post. Annual deadline in February.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowships: 2 years funding for junior researchers (PhD or 1-2 postdoc positions). Only for people who are not UK citizens and who are not working in the UK already. Early contact between applicants and Warwick before application is essential. Check the Royal Society link for applications in particular areas from particular countries. Annual deadline in March.

Royal Society for the Exhibition of 1851, Research Fellowships (for 3 years). Must be within 3 years of completing a PhD. Annual deadline in January.

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships Maximum 5 years funding. Designed primarily for researchers with childcare commitments, who need flexible working arrangements (e.g., part-time working); otherwise similar to the Royal Society University Research Fellowships. Annual deadlines, please check the website for further information.

London Mathematical Society Early Career Fellowships Supports early career mathematicians in the transition between PhD and a postdoctoral position. At the time of the closing date, applicants must be UK residents. The Fellowship should start after the applicant’s PhD thesis has been submitted and not more than nine months after the applicant’s PhD was awarded. The fellowships may be held at one or more institutions but not normally at the institution where the fellow received their PhD. Fellowships should last between 3 and 6 months. The value of the Fellowship is £1,200 per month plus a travel allowance. Annual deadline in February.


Professor Adam Johansen